wood·​wind ˈwu̇d-ˌwind How to pronounce woodwind (audio)
: any of a group of wind instruments (such as a clarinet, flute, oboe, or saxophone) that are characterized by a cylindrical or conical tube of wood or metal usually ending in a slightly flared bell, that produce tones by the vibration of one or two reeds in the mouthpiece or by the passing of air over a mouth hole, and that usually have finger holes or keys by which the player may produce all the tones within an instrument's range
woodwinds plural : the woodwind section of a band or orchestra

Example Sentences

He plays all the woodwind instruments very well.
Recent Examples on the Web The bass flute and clarinet round out Siobhan’s theme with strings and woodwind instruments added in. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 1 Nov. 2022 Among the accomplished woodwind principals, clarinetist Rane Moore received — and deserved — the first bow at the end of the night. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2022 The music wasn’t coming from a speaker, but rather from a patient playing the woodwind on the operating table as a team of surgeons worked to remove a tumor from his brain. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2022 An extroverted parks performance through and through, Alsop’s interpretation was short on sentimentality but delivered satisfyingly in verve, coloration and balance, aside from some woodwind overzealousness in the final bars. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 17 July 2022 Standing in a room illuminated by Rodrigo’s signature color, purple, Bublé was accompanied by full string, brass, woodwind and percussion sections — all of whom had shining moments throughout the piece. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 15 July 2022 Somewhere between brass and woodwind, his saxophone was designed for symphonic playing. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 In an impressive bit of virtuosity, the band’s woodwind player, Eric Da Costa, also channels the awkward Chaim, while violinist Shaina Silver-Baird brings poise to the flinty Chaya. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 Students ages 5-18 can learn to play piano, guitar, brass and woodwind instruments. Roxanne De La Rosa, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of woodwind was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Woodwind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodwind. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



wood·​wind ˈwu̇d-ˌwind How to pronounce woodwind (audio)
: one of a group of musical instruments including flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, and sometimes saxophones compare brass instrument, percussion instrument, stringed instrument
plural : the woodwind instruments of a band or orchestra
woodwind adjective

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